Nearly 200 competitors took part in the Forfar Multi Terrain half marathon on Sunday (3 February) in dry but chilly conditions. The men's race was won by local Brian Bonnyman of Forfar Roadrunners (82:12) with Tammy Wilson of Garioch Road Runners finishing as fastest female in 96:02. The midpoint runner was Fiona Finlay in 109:28.
Participants soon warmed up as the race began, Portobello AC member Peter Buchanan explained: "The weather was Baltic if you were in shorts and vest and standing still, but balmy if you were doing six minute miles on dirt paths round Forfar Loch."
He went on to praise the race organisers, saying: "We are invited to their home turf and for a meagre £10 allowed to run a well planned, complex route around their town with a marshal and markings at every turn and road crossing. Then we're treated to a banquet of food that would shame most restaurants, and for those at the front, a generous prize; and booze for 1st, 2nd AND 3rd placed teams of either gender. Now that's how to do a race."
41-year-old Bonnyman overtook David Fulton of Hunters Bog Trotters to win the race at the third time of asking, having finished sixth in 2011 and 10th in 2009. The course took participants through a variety of terrain, including country park paths, tarmac, pavement, farm tracks, fields and bogs. The route was detoured this year at the six/seven mile mark to avoid the water section due to health and safety reasons. So those fearing they would be submersed in freezing water were able to avoid that fate.
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